MARIUSZ "Wilk" WILCZYNSKI
Mariusz "Wilk" Wilczynski, born 1964, and a graduate of the Painting and Graphics Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz in 1986, is a Polish creator of animated films, but also a painter, cartoonist, set designer, performer, and the author of over 200 so-called "bookclips" - or "video-supplements" for books. His films have been shown at the top festivals in Poland, Melbourne, Terme and Bologna in Italy, Chicago, as well as at Midem, Cannes, and at several solo screenings including Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Milan, Vilnius, Sydney, and Toronto. Honors include the Golden Hugo Award for Best Animation at the 2005 Chicago International Film Festival, and major awards from the 3rd European Independent Film Festival in Paris (Best Animation), the 11th International Graphics Competition in Yokohama, Japan, and the Ave Multimedial Festival in Arnhem, Holland. Since 2005 he has also been creating the animated segments that frame programming on the new cultural channel of Polish Television, TVP Kultura, honored in 2006 at the 9th Hot Bird TV Awards in Venice, Italy, in large part for the originality of its animated framing. Since March 2005 he co-hosts a weekly cultural program on Polish Television (public TV, Program 1) devoted to phenomena in contemporary culture and art, entitled "After Hours". Since 2003 he has been teaching classical animation at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz.
Prior to his current work with animated segments for TVP Kultura, Mariusz Wilczynski had already been pushing the envelope for years when it comes to the application of film animation to other media. He did music videos for numerous top musical performers like Tomasz Stanko, Breakout, and Leibach, as well as for lullabies performed by many of the best Polish singers, such as Kora, Justyna Steczkowska, and StanisBaw Sojka. In 2002 he created 12 animated films especially for a farewell concert by the rock group "Republika", presented at the 23rd annual Review of Actors' Song in Wroclaw.
In the late 90s "Wilk" created about 200 video supplements for books, so-called "book-clips", which expressed in visual imagery the main themes of the most interesting new books for a cultural program called "Goniec Kulturalny" ("culture courier") on Polish TV's Channel One, and then (2003-05) for a similar weekly program called "I Like to Read" Polish TV's Channel Two, for which his animated interludes where known as "Male Wilki" (Little Wolves, after his nickname). He also created 6 short animated films for audiences in the European Union that promoted Poland and Polish culture, with music by Krzesimir Debski.
This prolific multi-talent had started out in 1985 with paintings and graphics, which by 2000 had been exhibited (including 16 solo shows) throughout Poland, and in Yokohama, Wakayama, London, Sophia, Bruges, Amsterdam, Budapest, Madrid, Oslo and Chicago. His drawings were published in the most influential Polish weeklies: Przekroj (Cross-section) and Wysokie Obcasy (High Heels), a women's supplement to Gazeta Wyborcza.
And finally, as a performer, Wilczynski has taken part at art festivals WRO Media in Wroclaw, Lodz, Edinburgh, and the AVE Multimedial Festival in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
For more information on Mariusz Wilczynski visit www.wilkwilk.pl, where you can preview his films.
FILMOGRAPHY: Original animated films (script, direction, animation):2007 - Kill It and Leave Town (Zabij to i wyjedz z tego miasta) (work-in-progress)2007 - Kizi Mizi (to be premiered at MoMA, New York City, May 7, 2007)2004 - Unfortunately (Niestety)2003 - Fragments from the Everyday. Julia Hartwig (Ulamki codziennosci. Julia Hartwig)2002 - Death to Five (Smierc na piec)2000 - For My Mother and Me (Mojej Mamie i sobie)2000 - In the Still of the Night (Wsrod nocnej ciszy)1999 - Chop, Chop, Chopin... (Szop, Szop, Szop, Szope&)1999 - I Hate (Nienawidze)1999 - From the Green Hill1998 - Times Have Passed (Czasy przeszBy)1998 - Allegro ma non troppo1996 - Justice (Sprawiedliwosc)
SELECTED AWARDS:2006 - Hot Bird TV Awards, Venice, Italy (Awards for the best thematic channels; Satellite Oscar); Best European Culture Channel: TVP Kultura2006 - New York Polish Film Festival, Honorable Mention2005 - Chicago International Film Festival; Golden Hugo for Best Animation: Unfortunately2001 - European Festival of Independent Films, Paris; Best Animation: In the Still of the Night2001 - Festival of Polish Videoclips "Yach Film", Gdansk; "Wooden Yach" organizers' special award: In the Still of the Night2000 - Festival of Polish Videoclips "Yach Film", Gdansk; Best Animation: From the Green Hill1999 - Festival of Polish Videoclips "Yach Film", Gdansk; Best Plastic Arrangement: I Hate1998 - Festival of Polish Videoclips "Yach Film", Gdansk; Best Animation: Allegro Ma Non Troppo1996 - Festival of Polish Videoclips "Yach Film", Gdansk; Best Animation: Justice
NON-FILM AWARDS:2006 - Letter of Congratulation from the President of Poland1992 - Grand Prix (with the Light Open Society group) for the Best Performance with Animation at the Ave Multimedial Festival in Arnhem, Holland1990 - Honorable Mention at the 11th International Graphics Competition "Exhibition of Print", Yokohama, Japan1989 - Honorable Mention at the 10th International Graphics Competition "Exhibition of Print", Yokohama, Japan1990 - A grant from the Polish Ministry of Culture and Arts1988 - A grant from the Polish Ministry of Culture and Arts1987 - A grant from the Polish Ministry of Culture and Arts
RECENT PARTICIPATION IN MAJOR FILM FESTIVALS:2006 - 15th International Film and Music Festival Mediawave, Györ, Hungary2nd annual New York Polish Film Festival, USAMelbourne International Animation Festival, Australia2005 - 56th International Short Film Festival Montecatini Terme, Italy41st Chicago International Film Festival, USA45th Krakow Film Festival, Poland2004 - 17th TTV Festival - Performing Arts on Screen, Bologna, Italy
SELECTED INDIVIDUAL SCREENINGS OF ORIGINAL ANIMATED FILMS:2007 - Museum of Cinematography, Lodz, Poland2006 - Durchfenster Kino, Berlin, GermanyIpanema, Sala de Cultura Laura Alvim, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilLorch Hall, Ann Arbor, Detroit, MI, USASkalvijos Kino Teatre, Vilnius, LithuaniaDominicans' Convent, Sandomierz, Poland, with live music by Tomasz Stanko, Michal Urbaniak, and Kinior&MakarukMercury Cinema, Adelaide, AustraliaValhalla Cinema, Sydney, AustraliaCentre for Contemporary Art "Zamek Ujazdowski", Warsaw, PolandMuseum of Cinematography, Lodz, Poland, with live music by Wlodek KiniorskiToronto Animated Image Society, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto, CanadaCharlie Cinema, Lodz, Poland2004 - Midem Cannes, FranceCinema Lumiere, Milan, Italy2003 - 9th Festival of Artistic Films, Film Summer, Kazimierz, Poland, a retrospective screening2001 - Days of Open Workshops, Paris, France2000 - Centre for Contemporary Art "Zamek Ujazdowski", Warsaw, Poland, with live music by guest star: Tomasz Stanko